Language and Communication

 
 

 

Description


Language and Communication (L&C) is an interdisciplinary programme within the Faculty of Arts, which centres on the study and use of language in society in a multilingual, globalized world. It thereby focuses on both languages of global import, such as English, as well as those with local significance, and on how they are appropriated and positioned in multilingual, cosmopolitan contexts of Asia. The programme provides the theoretical foundations and applied contexts for understanding and addressing linguistic and social questions of language and communication. It equips students with the intellectual and practical tools to critically examine, intelligently reflect on, and competently participate in communicative situations, in real-world contexts, such as in the workplace as well as in more informal sites of multilingual communication. The L&C programme takes particular pride in engaging in experiential learning, from projects in courses involving fieldwork in Hong Kong, to initiatives such as overseas field trips and internships. In addressing the need in society for linguistically versatile and culturally sensitive leaders in the 21st-century knowledge economy of Asia’s world city and beyond, the programme aims at honing transferable skills for a wide range of careers, including education, materials development, editing and publishing, public administration, public relations, marketing, the media, event organization, tourism, cultural affairs and global creative industries.

Students who declare a major or minor in Language and Communication will:

  • Identify and critique relevant issues in the study of language and communication, and apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to real-world social and linguistic data;
  • Critically evaluate established knowledge and creatively apply it to novel, contemporary contexts of communication, in this multilingual, globalized world, in particular in the settings of Hong Kong and Asia;
  • Identify, appreciate and critically examine the role of diversity in languages and communicative strategies across cultures and time, and how this shapes one’s linguistic identity and comes to bear upon communicative situations, drawing on cross-cultural perspectives in the study of language and communication;
  • Use the necessary intellectual, communicative and practical skills to participate in intellectual discussions of socio/linguistic issues and collaborate productively in research projects;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of contemporary social and political issues of language and communication in the context of globalization – such as the appropriation and positioning of languages of global significance, in particular English, and the fine balance struck with other local languages, with a view to sustainability in multilingual, cosmopolitan contexts of Asia, – which allows for intelligent, significant and responsible contributions to society.

Students are encouraged to discuss their study plans and course selections with the Language and Communication programme coordinator, any teacher in the programme, or their Academic Advisers.

 

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Programme Outcomes

Students who declare a major or minor in Language and Communication will:

  • Identify and critique relevant issues in the study of language and communication, and apply theoretical and methodological knowledge to real-world social and linguistic data;
  • Critically evaluate established knowledge and creatively apply it to novel, contemporary contexts of communication, in this multilingual, globalized world, in particular in the settings of Hong Kong and Asia;
  • Identify, appreciate and critically examine the role of diversity in languages and communicative strategies across cultures and time, and how this shapes one’s linguistic identity and comes to bear upon communicative situations, drawing on cross-cultural perspectives in the study of language and communication;
  • Use the necessary intellectual, communicative and practical skills to participate in intellectual discussions of socio/linguistic issues and collaborate productively in research projects;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of contemporary social and political issues of language and communication in the context of globalization – such as the appropriation and positioning of languages of global significance, in particular English, and the fine balance struck with other local languages, with a view to sustainability in multilingual, cosmopolitan contexts of Asia, – which allows for intelligent, significant and responsible contributions to society.

 

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Syllabus for students admitted in 2017-18

*New courses added to the relevant course list shall also be counted towards the major/minor for students admitted in the earlier cohort(s).


 

First-year Prerequisite
Students intending to major or minor in Language and Communication must pass at least one introductory LCOM course from List A (6 credits) in the first year.

Admission to all introductory courses is on the basis of academic record including a minimum Level 5 in English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.

 

Introductory Courses
Prospective majors are required to take 30 credits of introductory courses (including the prerequisite to be taken in the first year) normally taken in the first two years of study, which consist of:

    1. 12 credits from List A (of which at least 6 credits must be from LCOM);
    2. 6 credits from List B; and
    3. 12 credits from List C.

Prospective minors are required to take 18 credits of introductory courses (including the prerequisite to be taken in the first year), with at least 6 credits from List A, List B and List C.

 

List A: Historical and Theoretical Foundations
The courses in this list will introduce students to the history and organization of diverse areas of linguistic scholarship. Students will acquire a general overview of selected areas and issues, including major theoretical distinctions or classifications and their historical development over time.

ENGL1011.   An introduction to the study of meaning (6 credits)
ENGL1012.   Language as social action (6 credits)
ENGL1015.   Introduction to English linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL1017.   Introduction to sociolinguistics (6 credits)
ENGL1018.   Language and gender (6 credits)
ENGL1037.   Persuasion (6 credits)
ENGL1045.   “Community” in Sociolinguistics (6 credits)

LCOM1001.   Introduction to language and communication (6 credits)
LCOM1002.   Language, communication, society, field (6 credits)
LCOM1003.   Theorizing communication (6 credits)
LCOM1004.   Introduction to pragmatics (6 credits)
LCOM1005.   Introduction to linguistic anthropology (6 credits)

List B: Critical Reading, Analysis and Writing
The courses in this list will introduce students to the practice and methods of critical reading, analysis and writing, focusing on different areas of literary and linguistic study. Students will acquire a basic grasp of analytical distinctions and terminology, and learn to ask questions and construct critical arguments.

ENGL1014.   Imaginary geographies: The art of writing place (6 credits)
ENGL1026.   Adaptation: From text to screen (6 credits)
ENGL1027.   Analyzing discourse (6 credits)
ENGL1028.   Awakenings: Exploring women’s writing (6 credits)
ENGL1029.   Drama: Comedy and renewal (6 credits)
ENGL1030.   Dramatic changes: Versions of Renaissance literature (6 credits)
ENGL1031.   English grammar(s) (6 credits)
ENGL1032.   Late Victorian Texts and Contexts (6 credits)
ENGL1033.   Intercultural communication (6 credits)
ENGL1034.   Language and prejudice (6 credits)
ENGL1035.   Language crimes (6 credits)
ENGL1036.   Meaning and metaphor (6 credits)
ENGL1038.   Practice of criticism (6 credits)
ENGL1039.   Realism and representation (6 credits)
ENGL1040.   Rewriting and writing back (6 credits)
ENGL1041.   Modernity and literary modernism (6 credits)
ENGL1042.   World Englishes matters (6 credits)
ENGL1043.   An introduction to 20th-century English Poetry (6 credits)
ENGL1047.   The English lexicon (6 credits)
ENGL1048.   Crime stories (6 credits)
ENGL1049.   The pen in plaint: Early English sonnets (6 credits)
ENGL1050.    An introduction to qualitative research methods in sociolinguistics online and offline (6 credits)

List C: Introductory Courses from other programmes
African Studies
AFRI1001.     Foundations in African Studies (6 credits)
AFRI2004.     Introduction to African linguistics (6 credits)

China Studies
SINO1003.    Greater China: A multi-disciplinary introduction 6 credits)

Comparative Literature
CLIT1008.      Ways of reading: Film, literature, and culture (6 credits)
CLIT1010.      Ways of thinking about culture and society (6 credits)

European Studies
EUST1010.   Foundations of European Studies (6 credits)

General Linguistics
LING1000.     Introduction to language (6 credits)
LING1004.     Language structure for language learning (6 credits)
LING2004.     Phonetics: Describing sounds (6 credits)
LING2009.     Languages of the world (6 credits)
LING2034.     Psycholinguistics (6 credits)
LING2050.     Grammatical description (6 credits)
LING2056.     Sociolinguistics (6 credits)

Global Creative Industries
GCIN1001.    Introduction to global creative industries (6 credits)

Hong Kong Studies
HKGS1001.   Hong Kong’s long twentieth century (6 credits)

Japanese Studies
JAPN1011.    Introduction to Japanese studies (6 credits)

Korean Studies
KORE1021.   Introduction to Korean culture and society (6 credits)

Translation
CHIN1311.    Introduction to translation (6 credits)
CHIN2333.    Culture and translation (6 credits)
CHIN2352.    Language contrast and translation I (6 credits)
CHIN2355.    Translation criticism E-C (6 credits)

Students should note that LING1000 is the pre-requisite for the five other introductory LING courses. However students who have completed any introductory course in List A may enrol in these LING courses without the pre-requisite LING course.

 

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Advanced Courses
Students declaring a major have to take 48 credits of advanced courses, which consist of:

    1. 24 credits from the ENGL and LCOM course lists below (of which at least 12 credits must be from LCOM), which must include a capstone course;
    2. 24 credits from any other programmes from the list below.

Students declaring a minor have to take 18 credits of advanced courses from the list below (of which at least 6 credits must be from LCOM).

Students intending to enroll in any advanced courses in English Studies or Language and Communication must normally have completed 18 credits of introductory courses, with at least 6 credits from both List A and List B.

Students should note that they bear the responsibility of fulfilling the necessary pre-requisites, if any, for advanced courses in other programmes. Students who have completed any introductory course in List A may however enroll in some of the advanced LING courses in the list below without having to do the pre-requisite and/or introductory LING course(s), though it may still be preferable to do so.

American Studies
AMER2002.  The road in American culture (6 credits)
AMER2014.  A dream in the heart: varieties of Asian American culture (6 credits)
AMER2022.  What’s on TV? Television and American culture (6 credits)
AMER2033.  Asia on America’s screen (6 credits)
AMER2038.   American film, from Golden-Age Hollywood to New Hollywood and beyond (6 credits)
AMER2040.  Creating culture in the world: American creative industries in the age of globalization (6 credits)
AMER2041. How the West was won: The frontier in American culture and literature (6     credits)
AMER2042.  Consuming culture: decoding American symbols (6 credits)
AMER2043.  Born in the USA: U.S. youth cultures (6 credits)
AMER2045.  Film beyond the mainstream: American art cinema (6 credits)
AMER2046. Legal fictions: United States citizenship and the right to write in America (6 credits)
AMER2048. American literature (6 credits)
AMER2055   From slavery to the White House: African American history and culture (6 credits)

China Studies
SINO2007.    Creative Industries in China in a Global Context (6 credits)

Comparative Literature
CLIT2001.      Comparative studies of literary and visual narratives (6 credits)
CLIT2025.      Visual cultures (6 credits).
CLIT2026.      Digital culture (6 credits)
CLIT2045.      Colonialism/ Postcolonialism (6 credits)
CLIT2050.      Globalisation and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2064.      Hong Kong culture: Popular arts and everyday life (6 credits)
CLIT2074.      Film and ideology in contemporary China (6 credits)
CLIT2083.      Film art, language and culture (6 credits)
CLIT2084.      ‘New’ cinemas across national boundaries (6 credits)
CLIT2086.      Asia on global screens (6 credits)
CLIT2096.      Ethics of film and literature (6 credits)

English Studies
ENGL2002.   Language in society (6 credits)
ENGL2004.   English syntax (6 credits)
ENGL2007.   Literary linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2030.   World Englishes (6 credits)
ENGL2031.   The semantics and pragmatics of English (6 credits)
ENGL2039.   Gender and discourse (6 credits)
ENGL2047.   English discourse structures and strategies (6 credits)
ENGL2048.   Language and jargon (6 credits)
ENGL2050.   English corpus linguistics (6 credits)
ENGL2057.   Text and image (6 credits)
ENGL2069.   Form and meaning (6 credits)
ENGL2092.   Postcolonial English (6 credits)
ENGL2099.   Language, identity, and Asian Americans (6 credits)
ENGL2103.   Language and new media (6 credits)
ENGL2104.   Language in the USA (6 credits)
ENGL2112.   An introduction to the history of English (6 credits)
ENGL2115.   Theories of language acquisition (6 credits)
ENGL2117.   English phonology and morphology (6 credits)
ENGL2123.   Language and identity in Hong Kong (6 credits)
ENGL2125.   English construction grammar (6 credits)
ENGL2126.   Law, meaning, and interpretation (6 credits)
ENGL2127.   Language and the law (6 credits)
ENGL2129.   English as a language of science (6 credits)
ENGL2130.   Signs, language and meaning: Integrational reflections (6 credits)
ENGL2138.   Language and globalization (6 credits)
ENGL2140.   Ideologies of language in early modernity (6 credits)
ENGL2141.   Doing discourse analysis (6 credits)
ENGL2146.   Cognitive semantics (6 credits)

European Studies
EUST2010.   European Identity (6 credits)
EUST2015.   From cinema to society: Understanding Europe through film (6 credits)
EUST2016.   Creative industries in Europe in a global context (6 credits)
EUST2017.   World War I (6 credits)
EUST2030.   The modern imagination in Europe (6 credits)
EUST3012.   The EU as a global actor and EU-China relations (6 credits)
EUST3015.   The dark side of European civilization: the Holocaust and its legacies (6 credits)
EUST3018.   European empire: Comparative British and French imperialism (6 credits)
EUST3020. The making of the West: From Descartes to Rorty (6 credits)

General Linguistics
LING2003.     Semantics: Meaning and grammar (6 credits)
LING2011.     Language and literacy in the information age (6 credits)
LING2013.     Language typology: The study of linguistic diversity (6 credits)
LING2022.     Pragmatics (6 credits)
LING2023.     Discourse analysis (6 credits)
LING2036.     Child language (6 credits)
LING2037.     Bilingualism (6 credits)
LING2040.     Languages in contact (6 credits)
LING2048.     Language and cognition (6 credits)
LING2057.     Language evolution (6 credits)
LING2058.     Topics in Cantonese linguistics (6 credits)
LING2060.     Languages of China (6 credits)
LING2061.     Linguistic fieldwork (6 credits)
LING2062.     Linguistic research methods (6 credits)
LING2065.     Endangered Languages: Issues and methods (6 credits)

Global Creative Industries
GCIN2002.    Commercializing creativity: A cultural critique (6 credits)
GCIN2006.    Fashion and luxury: Cultural and organizational dynamics (6 credits)
GCIN2007.    Film and media: Cultural and organizational dynamics (6 credits)
GCIN2008.    Advertising: Cultural and organizational dynamics (6 credits)
GCIN2011.    Understanding Hong Kong TV industry (6 credits)
GCIN2014.    Communication strategies in advertising (6 credits)
GCIN2018.    Publishing industry in digital age (6 credits)

Hong Kong Studies
HKGS2001.   Speaking of Hong Kong: Global voices (6 credits)
HKGS2002.   Hong Kong identities in local, national and global contexts (6 credits)
HKGS2004.   Hong Kong’s economic growth: A modernisation and internationalisation miracle     (6 credits)
HKGS2005.   An anthropology of Hong Kong’s belief systems and religious practices (6 credits)
HKGS2007.   Geographic challenges: The ‘space premium’ and Hong Kong society (6 credits)

Japanese Studies
JAPN2031.   The media and Japan (6 credits)
JAPN2045.   Sex, gender, and technology in Japan (6 credits)
JAPN2046.   Critical inquiries into Japanese and East Asian modernities (6 credits)
JAPN2050.   Creative industries in East Asia (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan) (6 credits)
JAPN2057.   Multi-cultural advertising (6 credits)
JAPN2058.   Understanding popular culture in Japan (6 credits)
JAPN2081.   Japanese literature (in translation) (6 credits)
JAPN2082.   Japanese film and society (6 credits)
JAPN2083.   Contemporary Japanese society and culture (6 credits)
JAPN2084.   Studies in Japanese culture (6 credits)
JAPN2090.   Growing up in Japan: Youth, culture and society (6 credits)
JAPN2091.   Introduction to pre-modern Japan (6 credits)
JAPN3035.   Revolutionary origins of modern Japan (6 credits)
JAPN3036.   Medicine and disease in Japanese history (6 credits)
JAPN3039.   Japanese popular music and Hong Kong society (6 credits)

Korean Studies
KORE2026.   Topics in Korean Culture and Society (6 credits)
KORE2027.   Creative Industries in Korea in a Global Context (6 credits)
KORE2033.   Modern and Contemporary Korea (6 credits)
KORE3028.   Korean Identity in the 20th Century (6 credits)

Language and Communication
LCOM2001.   Theories of language and communication (6 credits)
LCOM2002.   Language in the workplace (6 credits)
LCOM2003.   Language and politeness (6 credits)
LCOM2004.   Language, communication and the media (6 credits)
LCOM2005.   Language, communication and globalization (6 credits)
LCOM2007.   Visual communication (6 credits)
LCOM2008.   Health communication, ‘healthy’ communication (6 credits)
LCOM2009.   Language and religion (6 credits)
LCOM2010.   Nonverbal communication (6 credits)

Philosophy
PHIL2075.     The semantics/pragmatics distinction (6 credits)
PHIL2230.     Philosophy and cognitive science (6 credits)
PHIL2410.     Mind and language in Chinese thought (6 credits)
PHIL2610.     Philosophy of Language (6 credits)

Translation
CHIN2331.    Choice of words in translation (6 credits)
CHIN2332.    Translation in Hong Kong society (6 credits)
CHIN2339.    Translation for administration and business (6 credits)
CHIN2340.    Film translation workshop (6 credits)
CHIN2341.    Translating writings on art (6 credits)
CHIN2342.    Interpretation workshop II (6 credits)
CHIN2343.    Legal interpreting (6 credits)
CHIN2344.    Short stories: East and West (6 credits)
CHIN2345.    Syntax-based translation (6 credits)
CHIN2346.    From page to stage: A workshop on drama adaptation and translation (6 credits)
CHIN2347.    World literature and translation (6 credits)
CHIN2348.    Bilingual studies in media and popular culture (6 credits)
CHIN2351.   Translation criticism C-E (6 credits)
CHIN2356.    Language contrast and translation II (6 credits)
CHIN2357.   Bilingual communication in translation (6 credits)
CHIN2358.    Journeys to the East: Translation and China in the literary imagination of the West     (6 credits)
CHIN3311.    Translation and the study of Chinese literature (6 credits)

Capstone Courses
ENGL3036.   Research seminar in English linguistics (capstone experience) (6 credits)
ENGL3037.   Research seminar in language and society (capstone experience) (6 credits)
LCOM3001.  Cultural dimensions of language and communication (capstone experience) (6 credits)
LCOM3003.  LCOM Papers: Writing for, editing, and producing an academic e-journal (capstone experience) (12 credits)
LCOM3004.   Language and communication field trip (capstone experience) (6 credits)
LCOM3005.   Internship in language and communication (capstone experience) (6 credits)
LCOM3006.   Extended essay in language and communication (capstone experience) (6 credits)

 

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Course offerings and time-table


Please see http://www.english.hku.hk/timetable.htm for the courses offered in the first and second semester of 2017-18 and the updated time-table with location of the classrooms.

 

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Coordinator


Dr B. Bolander
School of English
The University of Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3917 5141
Fax: (852) 2559 7139
Email: bolander@hku.hk

 

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Last updated: 3 August 2017